Congratulations to 6th graders Lauralei Donegan, Charlotte Vaughn, and Haven Aylesworth, who were one of five teams recognized in our region at the Broome-Tioga BOCES App Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by BAE Systems, is a chance for local student teams to build science, technology, engineering, and math problem-solving skills by developing software for an app, with support from teachers and college mentors.
“Computer science competency is a vital part of STEM education, and the Broome-Tioga BOCES App Challenge is the first step for many students toward coding competency,” said Matt Sheehan, director of the Center for Career and Technical Excellence at Broome-Tioga BOCES.
Once students compete in this local challenge, they will be eligible to enter their apps into the Congressional App Challenge, a prestigious annual contest that encourages students to learn to code. The winning apps are displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building and the student developers are invited to the #HouseofCode reception on Capitol Hill.
Through the contest, the teams mature problem-solving and engagement skills, as well as their understanding of issues facing their communities, all with the aim to inspire them to pursue careers in computer science.
“To ensure a talent pipeline of qualified engineers for advanced technology companies like BAE Systems, strong STEM education in our communities is key,” said Raj Rai, deputy site executive at BAE Systems in Endicott. “That’s why we support innovative events like the Broome-Tioga BOCES App Challenge, which inspires students right here in the Southern Tier to learn to code.”
The Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub is an active partnership of stakeholders from industry, education, government, and community organizations and families working cooperatively to forge a rich talent pool to meet the demand for skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our region.